The role and work of Governors

Chesterton Primary School is an academy within the Wandle Learning Trust. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and has oversight of all the academies in the Trust. A Local Academy Committee is responsible for academy-specific matters. 

Information on the composition and role of the Board of Trustees can be found here.

Working closely together, the Board of Trustees and the Local Academy Committee (LAC) have three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent

Local Academy Committee Arrangements

The LAC meets every term for a formal pre-arranged meeting but the members of the LAC will be in the academy much more often. They will also be attending committee meetings each half term and other ad hoc meetings called for a variety of reasons. The members of our LAC  are hard working and committed to making Chesterton an outstanding academy for your children and the community.

At our full LAC meetings, we receive and discuss reports from the Executive Headteacher and other members of the senior leadership team and from our various committees. We monitor the results of internal and external assessments of the children's progress and measure the impact of policies which we have adopted to help the school's work. 

We monitor the academy’s financial budget and make sure that we spend wisely. We check to make sure we are receiving good value for the money we spend. We also make sure that the school’s provision complies with current equalities and safeguarding legislation and also that the children and staff have a safe and healthy place to work in. We work as strategic partners with the Chesterton staff to plan the academy’s development whilst maintaining its core vision and ethos.

Each member of the LAC also sits on at least one of the three standing committees shown below.

Standards and Pupil Welfare - considers important information about pupils' achievement and progress in order to ensure Chesterton provides high quality education and learning for its pupils. The committee has studied progress from different groups of pupils, to ensure that all Years, groups, and pupils are being taught well.

It is also responsible for community cohesion, general links with the wider school community and the Centre for Children and Families.

Finance and Premises - oversees the financial performance of the school and makes sure its money is well spent. We also ensure the school is a safe place for learners and staff and a place that is conducive to good teaching and learning. 

Annual reports of our work

Please download our statement of governance here to see our work in the academic year 2016/2017.